Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    UPDATE: Taco Bell's Parent Company Opens a Bánh Mì Shop...withwithout Communist Star in Logo

    UPDATE: SEPT. 18, 12:22 P.M.: Yum! Brands will be taking down all signage and branding that features a red star by the end of day, according to an e-mail sent to Thanh Cung, the president of the Vietnamese-American Community of Greater Dallas. They'll also be coming up with a new logo and are asking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Alien Sandwiches

    In all my time living and writing about food in Long Beach, there is one culinary truth that continues to hold fast about the city's otherwise vibrant downtown: a good, cheap sandwich is hard to find. Sure, you can buy two pieces of bread stuffed with meat from a few corporate outposts around down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Jinbei Thinks Different

    I usually avoid using the too­-easily misconstrued word to describe anything. But not since Kappo Sui in Costa Mesa have I encountered a more authentic Japanese restaurant in OC than Jinbei. No other word suits it. If John Wayne were a man's man, then Jinbei is a Japanese restaurant's Japanese rest ... More >>

  • Food

    August 14, 2014

    Miguel's Jr.: 909-Mex?

    [Hole In the Wall] This Inland Empire chain is making a move for OC palates with its great burritos

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Sushi Roku To Open First OC Location at Fashion Island

    Sushi Roku, the L.A.-based sushi joint probably most known as where the celebrities get their California rolls, is going to open its first Orange County location at Fashion Island across from True Food Kitchen, next to Macy's. The chain--part of a restaurant group that also owns BOA Steakhouse at W ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 31, 2014

    Why Can't Gabachos Learn Spanish

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And is Mexican food nothing more than tortillas and meat?

  • Food

    July 31, 2014

    Tanakaya Has Soba Power!

    [Hole In the Wall] This Tustin restaurant is the first in OC to specialize in soba noodles

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Baja Chef on the Move: Chef Benito Molina Celebrates 14 Years at Manzanilla; Chefs Javier Plascencia and Carlos Valdez Expand with Bermejo and Kochi Kochi BBQ

    Tonight in Ensenada, one of the founders of Modern Mexican cuisine, chef Benito Molina will celebrate 14 years at Manzanilla with chefs Antonio Livier and Daniel Ovadia (Paxia, D.F.) at 8 P.M. When Molina first opened he was part of a small band of chefs that were the first generations of Mexican ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Izakaya Ku in Fountain Valley Closes

    Izakaya Ku, the winner of our award for Best Japanese Restaurant last year (and topped more lists than I care to count), has closed. There was a note taped to the door that simply said "IZAKAYA KU RESTAURANT is CLOSED. We thank you for your patronage" It opened in May of 2012 and replaced Funashin, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Viet-Mex, New Vietnamese-Mexican Restaurant, Opening in Garden Grove

    I've heard of Vietnamese restaurants renaming bún as "fideo" and goi cuon as "taquitos" to get Mexican clienteles inside their doors. I've heard Mexican restaurants rename their fideo as pho and burritos as goi cuon to get Mexicans in. Then you have Dos Chinos, who mashes the two cuisines into glor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Arya's Fine Persian Cuisine

    To some Long Beach residents, the strip mall unit at 2507 Long Beach Boulevard is best known as Julio's, a beloved 'hood-ready Italian delivery establishment that takes forever to get to your door, but surprises with edible pies and standard meatball subs. To a number of particularly adventurous din ... More >>

  • Food

    June 5, 2014

    Old Malaya Grill: OC's Second Malaysian Restaurant!

    The opening of this Huntington Beach eatery is exciting news

  • Food

    May 22, 2014

    Barcelona On the Go Has a Luxe Lonchera Legacy

    [Hole In the Wall] This food truck continues to roll with its pan-Latino menu

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Cinco de Mayo

    The annual Mexican-themed drinking holiday may have come and gone this year, but Cinco de Mayo is still alive and well in Long Beach--on Pacific Ave. and Fourth St., that is. That's where the Cinco de Mayo Mexican restaurant lives, smushed between the now-boutique Dolly Varden Hotel and the donut-sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    The 10 Most Important Burritos in Burrito History

    Burritos have been on my mind as of recent, and not just because of the whole pendejada involving Chipotle putting short stories by authors on its cups and bags...none of whom are Latinos. I'm doing something with burritos that will come out...soon, and I think I'm going to have one tonight at 2 a.m ... More >>

  • Food

    April 3, 2014

    Samurai Burrito: The Subway of Sushi

    This Fountain Valley restaurant makes sushi burritos and sushi nachos

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Eat This Now: Leche Frita at Cafe Sevilla

    Save for the luxe lonchera Barcelona on the Go, there are few ambassadors of Spanish cuisine in Orange County. For a complete Spanish experience--and I do mean, like, with flamenco dancers and the Gipsy Kings as the constant and only soundtrack--one must go to Long Beach to Cafe Sevilla. Here you wi ... More >>

  • Food

    March 13, 2014

    Tacos Radioactivos: ¡Viva las Loncheras!

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana lonchera serves up Mexico City treats

  • Food

    March 6, 2014

    Tabu Burgers & Bites: Get Your Hamburguesas Here

    This new spot serves burgers with SanTana flavor

  • Food

    February 13, 2014

    Pho Crystal Noodle House: Pho for Mexicans

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana restaurant specializes in pho for a Latino clientele—but it's still great

  • Food

    February 6, 2014

    Solita: A Little Bit of SOL

    This great Huntington Beach place is Deborah Schneider's follow-up to her pioneering Newport Beach Mexican restaurant

  • Food

    January 23, 2014

    Atun Is the Warhol of Raw Fish

    This Long Beach restaurant does artful sushi and even better yakitori

  • Food

    January 16, 2014

    Honda-Ya Box: Costa Japan

    [Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa restaurant is the first outpost of the Japanese pub chain to specialize in fast food

  • Food

    January 16, 2014

    Rick Bayless: Red O No You Didn't

    Three Weeklings look for good Mexican food at the 'authenticity' guru's new Fashion Island restaurant

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    There's Now a Burrito Vending Machine, and We Should All Hail Its Redundant Genius

    Oy vey, my inbox and Facebook page has been flooded with people sharing the news of a burrito vending machine in West Hollywood. People: this is nothing new! I've been trying chimichangas out of vending machines in Southern California for years, and you might as well count the lunch lady at Anaheim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    15 Signs You Grew Up Eating Tex-Mex Food

    I know, I know: where the hell does a born-and-bred Mexican from California get off telling the rest of the world about the glories of Tex-Mex cuisine? But hear me out, world: I am Tex-Mex's most arduous non-Texan defender. I've crisscrossed most of the state doing research for my Taco USA: How Mexi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Pho America

    For years after moving to Long Beach, I stayed away from Pho America. It sounds silly now, but no matter how much I was craving delicious beef broth, I just couldn't bring myself to walk inside a place that I was convinced by its very mention of America had to be bastardizing the integrity what it s ... More >>

  • Food

    December 19, 2013

    Seoulmate Serves Pork Stew for the Seoul

    The Long Beach restaurant makes good Korean-Mexican burritos, but its best dish is pure Korean mom food

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Where to Buy Tamales in Orange County for Christmas, 2013 Edition

    This is hilarious. Every year around this time, I get asked where to buy the best tamales in Orange County. Really, the answers rarely change. Below is the article on the subject I did last year, which itself is mostly a retread of a story I did back in 2007. This time around, a shout-out to the aw ... More >>

  • Food

    December 5, 2013

    Lanta Thai Fusion: Four Courses

    [Hole In the Wall] This Orange restaurant offers a refined experience but doesn't water down the grub

  • Food

    November 28, 2013

    Tortas, Tortas, Tortas At Tortas Sinaloa!

    [Hole in the Wall] This Santa Ana eatery is the best OC place to explore this Mexican-food trend

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Ten Great All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants in OC

    If you want to eat all you can at an all-you-can-eat in Orange County, there will be a lot of Indian, a lot of sushi, and a lot of Korean BBQs. This list has more than a few of each. But there are non-Indian, non-KBBQ, non-sushi options, too...just not that many. Share your favorite spots for glutt ... More >>

  • Food

    November 21, 2013

    Long Hai: Beyond Little Saigon

    [Hole In the Wall] This Tustin restaurant offers great Vietnamese food far from the enclave

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    5 Great Vietnamese Soups That Aren't Pho

    When you think Vietnamese cuisine, it's no question that pho comes to mind, and it's completely reasonable that it does. However, it'd be a shame to miss out on other Vietnamese soups that, though blood brothers of California's favorite soup, play on completely different flavors, smells, and texture ... More >>

  • Food

    November 7, 2013

    White Wasabi: What's a Wasachio?

    The Long Beach restaurant does crudo and other things that make it distinctive, even if it looks like every other sushi bar

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Miyabi Shabu Shabu Takes Over Sushilicious Space

    As we mentioned here several months ago, a new Japanese grill and shabu shabu called Miyabi was going to take over the space left over by Sushilicious across the street from IVC. Now that restaurant has opened. The only change appears to be that the shabu shabu part has taken top billing: the place ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    The 10 Greatest Songs about Tamales EVER

    Fans of rap genius Tyler the Creator must've scratched their head in confusion when he released a music video this month for his equally head-scratching song "Tamale." What exactly could a hip-hop head possibly know about this quintessential Latin American meal, and why would he craft a song based o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Five Ridiculous Nicknames Americans Have for Mexican Food

    While you will find no greater apologist for the American love affair with Mexican food, even I have my limits. While I understand language is a fluid thing, with the same viscosity as a big ol' bowl of queso, sometimes Americans go too far. While I understand gabachos don't speak Spanish as a first ... More >>

  • Food

    October 10, 2013

    Seasons of Japan: East Meets South

    This Irvine restaurant shows how people from Georgia like their Japanese food

  • Food

    October 10, 2013

    Spice India: Buffet Your Day

    [Hole In the Wall] This Lake Forest restaurant offers a great selection of Indian standards and rarities

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    5 Mexican Foods That Should've Never Been Sold in a Can...But Were (Or Are)

    Whenever I lecture about the history of Mexican food in the United States, I always bring up the point that Americans love the cuisine so much that they have long subjected themselves to devouring its worst manifestations. I ain't talking Tex-Mex or Javier's, but rather the disturbing trend of dishe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    National Taco Day, Baja Edition: 5 World Champion Tacos to Tackle South of the Border

    All this taco talk from those crazy New Yorkers has got me thinking about my upcoming trip to Baja for the 3rd Annual Baja Culinary Fest, October 24-27, where some of the best tacos in Mexico can be savored from the taquerias to carts and to beach shacks. Certainly, the best seafood tacos in Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Hey, New York City: Drop Your Mexican-Food Inferiority Complex, 'Cause You're All Right!

    Dear New York City: I love you. No, really: I do. I try to get there at least once a year when business takes me back East. So whenever it comes to the inevitable conversation people have with me about your supposed lack of Mexican food, I gladly defend your honor. When people from Southern Califor ... More >>

  • Food

    September 26, 2013

    Taqueria Guadalajara Lonchera: Tapatio New Wave

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana food truck serves specialties from Guadalajara

  • Food

    September 19, 2013

    Papa Hassan's Has a Brand-New Bag

    The legendary Middle Eastern restaurant is now in Anaheim but serving the same great comfort food

  • Food

    August 29, 2013

    Thai This Now: Coconut Rabbit

    Is the still-undiscovered Los Alamitos restaurant the best of its country's cuisine in OC since Thai Nakorn?

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Baja Sonora

    Supposedly, the best tacos in Long Beach come from Baja Sonora, a cheapo Mexican restaurant in an aging airport-adjacent strip mall. Every year, the suburban mini-chain (another location is in Bixby Knolls) wins the title from all the local papers and so after nearly a decade of living in the city ... More >>

  • Food

    August 22, 2013

    Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking: Cajun Steampunk

    This Santa Ana Cajun restaurant uses a novel cooking apparatus to bring you in, but it's the food that's keeps you coming back

  • Food

    August 15, 2013

    Bangkok Spice: The Persistence of Thai

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant serves Thai standards, with a few surprises

  • Food

    August 8, 2013

    H2O Sushi & Izakaya Is Not for Sushi Snobs

    Hipster sushi at the Triangle in Costa Mesa

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